Hello on this freezing cold evening in the Hunter Valley. I know I
have been a bad blogger lately, but I have been having lots of visits
to my GP and the physiotherapy department at the main hospital
in Newcastle. It seems that I have a torn cartilage in my right knee,
and plantar tendonitis in my left foot. I have been hobbling around
for several months, thinking my arthritis was getting worse, but when
I could stand the pain no longer, I went to my GP. My treatment is
ongoing, and may eventually lead to surgery.
The other reason for my absence in the past 3 days has been that my
beloved little cockatiel received a fright when I was cleaning his huge
cage on Sunday afternoon, and he flew out of it. He was immediately
chased by a large assortment of wild birds (we live in a rural area) into
a very high tree on the neighbouring farm. We could not coax him down
and had to leave him there overnight. After 2 hours of coaxing yesterday
morning, he finally tried to fly across the small paddock to our house,
but wild birds chased him down the valley. For hours I could hear him
calling me from dense bushland (private property), then mid afternoon
I heard a dreadful bird fight with lots of birds, and little Tiel screeching
in obvious panic...then total silence. I searched for him until darkness,
then again all day today, while I also did a mailbox drop over an area
of about 7kms. I fear the worst...Tiel only had one leg, was on a special
diet, and since the weekend, we have had extremely cold weather.
I shall miss my little guy, he had such a funny personality, and was so
lovable. He loved to sit on my chest watching TV, and would sit on
a perch on my desk, ripping bark off a stick and chattering to me,
while I coloured stamped images.
...........Now that I have just had a big 'bawling session', I will move onto
happier things. It will be my brother's birthday next Sunday, and he owns
2 Pomeranian dogs. I searched the internet and found this free image of 2
'poms' and another little dog (that looks just like his last dog). I made a
very simple card, as I know that my brother and his wife bin cards as
soon as they open them...they don't like "clutter".
I covered the front of a kraft card base with bronze metallic paper,
and used some of my massive collection of peel-off stickers to
embellish it. That border sticker on the top of the image is
definitely straight - there is a 'bow' in the card.
A closer look at the digital copy of the vintage painting.
Image - Old Design Shop digital freebie
Punch - Zutter Corner Rounder
Bronze Paper - Unknown (many years old)
Peel-off Stickers - Papermania (sentiments); border from my
The fire has died, and the house is now freezing cold, so I will take my trusty hot-water bottle off to bed. After the upset of the last 3 days, and the pain in my foot and knee, I am completely exhausted.
I will be back on Friday with my DT card for Winter Wonderland, so until then "happy crafting".